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Nixy's Travels, Tracking an eagle called NX
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:09 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

January 3, 2012 update
NX was anesthetized on the morning of January 3 for another set of radiographs.
Dr. Miranda reports that the avulsed piece of bone in NX’s injured shoulder is healing and appears to be reattaching.  
While NX’s left shoulder still appears to be “dropped” a little on the radiograph,
Dr. Miranda is pleased with NX’s range of motion and how that shoulder feels.  
The boney changes in the humeral head appear to be unchanged from prior radiographs.  
The veterinary team will continue to monitor on future x-rays.  NX’s eye injury is also resolved –
Dr. Miranda says that the vitreal fracture in NX’s right eye has healed.   Smile

After recovering from anesthesia, NX was moved to one of the Center’s “C-pens” – a small outdoor enclosure for raptors that are not quite ready to be moved into a flight pen.  Enclosures in this complex measure about 8’ x 16’ and are large enough for birds to hop and flap to different perches, but are not large enough for flight.  At this point, the Center vet and rehabilitation staff do not want NX to over-extend her healing shoulder and wing by flying.

NX is scheduled for another set of radiographs on Monday, January 16.  Pending satisfactory radiographs, she will then be moved into a flight pen.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

                 Nixy


January 6 update
NX continues to rest comfortably in her outdoor enclosure.  Dr. Miranda and team have been checking her daily — to monitor her appearance and also check that she has her carpal “bumpers” intact.  Since NX has been keeping her protective bumpers on, the team has (fortunately) not had to catch-up NX since she was placed outside.  The rehab staff are feeding NX one rat and one fish each day.

January 10 update
Thanks to Dr. Miranda’s heavy-duty protective bumpers on NX, the veterinary team still hasn’t had to catch-up NX in her outdoor enclosure.  She continues to eat well.

January 16 update
NX came into the Wildlife Center hospital today for another set of radiographs.  Dr. Miranda is pleased by how well the avulsion fracture is healing – the little chunk of fractured bone continues to reattach itself.  NX’s range of motion in her injured wing is good, and no additional changes were spotted on the head of her humerus [a potential concern on the December 20 radiographs].

Since the Center is currently housing three mature Bald Eagles in each of its A-pens, some “eagle shuffling” will need to be done in order to get NX into a large flight pen.  
The rehabilitation and vet staff will be working on that Tuesday January 17, and plan on moving NX into A2 if all goes well.

NX is currently weighing in at 4.45 kg [a 450 gram gain since her December admission date], though the staff expect to see that weight decrease once she becomes more active again in a flight pen!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NIXY is ON LIVE CAM!
January 19 update
NX was moved into a flight pen on Tuesday, January 17.  The swinging perches in the A2 enclosure have been lowered to about 5′-6′ high, so that she doesn’t have to work too hard to make it up to the perches after her six weeks of rest and recovery.  NX has been spotted flying the length of the flight pen, though appears to tire quickly — which is to be expected at this point.

Dr. Miranda opted to keep the “industrial-strength” carpal “bumpers” on NX,
just to ensure that her “wrists” are protected as she adjusts to the flight pen.  They don’t hinder her ability to fly.

Its good to see Nixy again!  She flew across the floor.  A bit odd.
Then she jumped to Aperch under swing, then aimed and jumped to the swing.
A minimum of wing work.
http://wildone.org/eaglecam/wildlife-center-web-cam
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wing guards removed!
January 30, 2012  update by Amanda, WCV

NX was caught up today for a bi-weekly foot and feather check and weigh-in.  
Dr. Miranda also inspected NX’s tattered bumpers and opted to remove them for the time being
while observing how NX gets around in the flight pen.  
The veterinary team report that NX’s current weight is 4.25 kg, and feet are in good condition.  
Cam viewers may have noticed that NX is still missing one of the feathers on her left wing that she was missing back in August 2011 – feather #9.
Feather #6 on her left wing is also broken (noted by the veterinary team weeks ago),
but feather #8, which was broken in August, is new.

The next foot and feather check will be on February 13.  
The veterinary team will also take another set of radiographs then, just to check on the healing progress of NX’s injured shoulder.
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/12/injured-nx/

Nixy was released after her check to fly to the back of the pen.
Instead she turned and chased after the vets!  LOL!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N4cGUH5pKc&feature=youtu.be
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

February 2, 2012
8.25 am  HOLY COW!   Surprised  Shocked  .  A white mouse is eating NX's dinner!  
I Saw him run in from right side boards!

WCV Staff better make sure the rats they serve are DEAD!
Even if Nixy doesnt see it, surely she can hear it, but she does nufin!
I can see by the water in her tub, its pouring rain there.
8.29  She sees it and pounces on her dinner.  Duno bout mouse.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

February 14 update
Dr. Adam reports that NX is in good body condition and currently weighs 4.18 kgs.
Several of her feathers are “in blood” — meaning that they are growing in to replace the previously damaged feathers that were there.

The Center’s digital radiology server was functioning again today, so the veterinarians were able to interpret yesterday’s radiographs.  
NX’s shoulder fracture continues to heal — there is a nice callous around the avulsion fracture.  
NX’s left shoulder is still “dropped” in comparison to her right shoulder on radiographs – which will probably be a permanent position.  
This does not appear to be affecting NX’s wing extension or range of motion.

The vets are also able to see some boney changes at the end of NX’s left humerus, near the elbow.  This is likely mechanical – caused by her healing shoulder.  
The team would like to re-radiograph NX in a month to assess her injury and ensure there are no additional boney changes in the wing.
February 13 radiographs images on link
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/12/injured-nx/


February 27 update
NX was caught up for a foot and feather check today, as well as a weight-check.  
Dr. Miranda reports that NX is molting — which is why some eagle-eyed Critter Cam watchers have noticed some of her additional missing feathers.
On her left wing, NX has two primary feathers “in blood” — and many of her tertiary feathers (wing feathers closest to her body) are also currently growing in.  
NX’s right wing has two primary feathers growing in.

Her feet were cleaned and a little bit of “New Skin” was applied to small cracks on her third digits of each foot — just to provide a little extra protection.
It is not uncommon to find small cracks on raptor feet at this time of year.  
At this point, the veterinary team is not concerned — just very proactive in protecting any small foot lesions.  
NX weighed in today at 4.20 kg.

Nixy Exercise Program BEgins

March 12 update
NX was caught up and brought into the Wildlife Center this morning for another series of radiographs, and the Center’s vets were pleased with what they saw.
The avulsion fracture in NX’s left shoulder continues to heal gradually and although there are still some bony changes visible at the end of her humerus,
the Center’s vets still attribute these to the healing fracture.
Her left shoulder is still dropped noticeably, but NX demonstrated a good range of motion in the joint and the Center’s
vets agreed that there is a good possibility that NX will begin regular exercise later this month.

March 13 update
The Center’s veterinary staff consulted with the rehabilitation staff this morning and they agreed that it was time for NX to begin exercising daily.
NX’s inaugural session today and every morning. NX will begin with easy exercise (only a few lengths of her enclosure at a time)
and if she continues to respond postively to her daily “workouts”, she will have her regimen increased.
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/12/injured-nx/


NX exercisin March 14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwKKxw9_GK8&feature=youtu.be


March 31 NX was moved to pen A3 and flew high and perched on the high tower perches.
April 2 she was exercised and flew beautifully!  New cam!
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/12/injured-nx

Nixy exercised April 3, 2012 and teased Suzy the vet, danced the 2 step with Suzy, but wouldnt fly.  After Suzy left she flew fine - on her own terms.   Laughing  Laughing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsp9cCTxj88
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March 26 update
NX was scheduled for a regular “foot and feather” check today, but the vet staff are opting to bump this for a couple of days.  That’s because the goal is to get NX moved into flight pen A3 sometime in the next week — though the staff will need to do some major “eagle shuffling”, not to mention cam shuffling!    Dr. Dave feels that it will be better to assess NX in a longer flight pen — the length of A3 is about 15 feet longer than A2, and of course is much, much higher.  Stay tuned for more updates on when the move will occur!

April 2 update
NX was moved to A3 on March 31.  The rehabilitation staff report that NX appears to be utilizing the entire pen — she is able to gain height while flying and is occasionally perching on the high “raptor tower” perches.  If NX perches on these structures too often … it could be difficult to exercise her!

A Critter Cam was set up in NX’s pen in advance of her move — rather than attempting to cover the entire 96′-long pen, the cam is mounted under the “Raptor Tower”.   When NX is on the south side of A3, she will be in view — though in this large enclosure, may still be difficult to see!  The staff is not able to pan this Critter Cam.  

April 10 update
NX was caught up today for radiographs — just to check on the status of her healing shoulder.  Everything appeared within normal limits and Dr. Miranda reports that NX has a normal range of motion in both wings.  NX’s third toe on her left foot had a small crack on it; the veterinary team applied New Skin as well as some ointment to both feet.  They’ll continue to monitor her during the bi-weekly foot and feather checks.

April 16 update
NX’s latest set of radiographs [April 10] show signs of improvement – the shoulder injury and all of the associated issues with that injury have been healing nicely.  The boney changes that were first seen in NX’s humerus in February show much improvement, and the joint spaces of both shoulders appear appropriate.  Dr. Miranda is not expecting that future radiographs will be needed.

With that in mind, the veterinary team is thinking ahead toward NX’s ultimate release.  NX is currently flying the length of A3 about 5-6 times during each exercise session; while the team would like to see her flying more, NX is proving to be a very stubborn bird.  The rehabilitation staff will continue to exercise NX and monitor her progress.  On April 17, NX will be moved to A1 – and will be living with Bald Eagle #11-0136.  The staff hope that having an adult eagle roommate will convince NX to fly more.

In the meantime, Dr. Dave has been in touch with DGIF eagle biologist Jeff Cooper about NX’s transmitter.  Dr. Dave would like to get the transmitter back on NX prior to Release Day – so that she has some weeks to adjust to the “GPS backpack” again.  Jeff Cooper will be out sometime during the week of April 16 for the transmitter fitting.

At this point, the Center has not set a release date or timeframe for NX – the staff would like to get the transmitter on her, and continue to exercise and condition NX for release.  Smile

NX April 13
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds...whSQ&index=2&feature=plcp

Nixy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsp9cCTxj88

April 17 update
NX was moved to flight pen A1 and was introduced to Bald Eagle #11-0136 — all seems to be going well so far.  Both birds have been seen flying the length of the enclosure and sitting on the same perch.  With all the latest Critter Cam shuffling and the transition to the webcam network, the staff need to acquire an additional length of cable to hook up a cam in A1.  The staff hope to have this done by the end of this week.

An overview of the A3 set-up on this link
WVC plans to use the high porch for raising eagle / raptor nestlings
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/12/injured-nx

NX and her new roommate


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April 18 update
Day 2 of rooming with Peary is going well.
Nixy flew today the length of A1 ten times this morning.
This is the most flight the staff have been able to coax out of her yet.
Nixy is so self-willed she wont fly for them, she just sits - or walks.

April 23 update
NX was caught up today for a foot and feather check, as well as a weigh-in.  
NX’s current weight is 4.30 kg.  Dr. Adam reports that all is well with NX,
many of her tail feathers are “in blood”  meaning they are growing in from her annual molt.  
Nixy flew the length of the A-pen several times during her catch-up.
Since moving in with Peary, NX has been flying much more, averaging about 10 to 15 lengths of the 100 foot-long enclosure.

Dr. Dave is coordinating with the DGIF eagle biologist to schedule a date when NX will be fitted with her GPS transmitter.
Dr. Dave would like to get the transmitter back on NX prior to Release Day so that she has some weeks to adjust to the “GPS backpack” again.

April 25 update
The DGIF eagle biologist will be coming to the Wildlife Center to fit NX with her GPS transmitter again.  
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/07/transmitter-bald-eagle

Live webcam featuring various birds, animals
http://www.wildone.org/eaglecam/wildlife-center-web-cam

Peary
WVC patient #11-0136  Camp Peary Bald Eagle
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/03/camp-peary-bald-eagle
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May  2,  2012  

April 26 Nixy update

Nixy was caught-up this morning and brought into the hospital so that the DGIF eagle biologist and staff could fit her with her GPS transmitter.
First, NX’s feet were wrapped with vet wrap — to keep everyone safe during the process!
Nixy was soooo cute in her little mukluks!
The fitting went well, and NX was returned to A1 with her Bald Eagle “roommate”.

Peary was released May 1, so Nixy is alone again - for now.

May 9 update
NX has been flying well for the past couple of weeks — it appears having an adult eagle roommate encourages her to fly more than when she’s housed solo!
The veterinary team caught NX up on May 7 for a foot and feather check and weight check — all is within normal limits.  
NX continues to molt — she has two blood feathers growing in on her left wing, three on the right, and four tail feathers “in blood.”

On May 10, NX will play a special part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of flight pen A3.  
Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech and
Bob Duncan, Director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.  
NX will be moved into A3 once again when the ribbon-cutting ceremony is over, while the
Chesapeake Bald Eaglet is moved into the Raptor Tower portion of the flight pen.

May 11 update
NX was moved into A3 on May 10, after the special ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the new flight pen.  
Already NX has been spotted on the two high perches in the enclosure, checking out her new young eagle roommate
the Chesapeake eaglet that is being housed in a nest in the raptor tower.  
Her most recent adult roommate, Bald Eagle #12-0001 (also from Chesapeake) will be moved into A3 today.

Check out the video from yesterday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.  NX announces her presence as she reaches A3!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iDsHF7Uako&feature=youtu.be
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/09/new-eagle-flight-enclosure

PHOTOS
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2011/12/injured-nx

Chesapeake adult eagle
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2012/01/chesapeake-bald-eagle

Chesapeake Bald Eaglet about 6 weeks old
http://www.wildlifecenter.org/wp/2012/04/chesapeake-bald-eaglet

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